Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSezeryadigar/iStock(CHICAGO) — Casey Urlacher, the brother of Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, was among those charged this week in an illegal offshore gambling scheme.Urlacher and eight others helped supposed ringleader Vincent Delgiudice — also known as “Uncle Mick” — take sports bets and placed them in an illegal sports book based in Costa Rica, prosecutors alleged in a 28 page indictment unsealed in the Northern District of Illinois.“It was further part of the conspiracy that Vincent Delgiudice used Federal Express to cause the cashier’s checks and money orders to be delivered to the addresses in Costa Rica supplied by Individuals 1 and 2,” the indictment says. “And others who worked for or were associated with Company A.”Urlacher is also the Mayor of Mettawa, Illinois and prosecutors alleged that he also made bets with Delgiduice, who prosecutors say accepted wagers from as many as 1,000 gamblers.According to the Justice Department, a “law enforcement search of Delgiudice’s residence in Orland Park seized more than $1.06 million in cash; silver bars and jewelry valued at $347,895; and gold coins valued at $92,623.”DOJ added, “The indictment seeks forfeiture of these items, as well as Delgiudice’s residence. It also seeks a personal money judgment against Delgiudice of $8 million.”Bettors, including Urlacher, would send or meet with Delgiudice and pay him in cashier’s checks, before creating a website to further illegally bet on sports games — the website was called “unclemick.com.”One of Deligudice’s co-conspirators, Matthew Knight, once texted a message to Gambler A, which said “Morning Bronco, going through figs, can you please tell Bronco 33 to pay or play, hasn’t played since February down 938.”In another instance Deliguidice told another co-conspirator “Todd Blaken by phone that he had 1,006 “customers” and had won $100,000, or “about $100 per player.”A lawyer for Urlacher has not returned ABC News’ request for commentCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 21, 2020 /Sports News – National Brother of Chicago Bears legend among 10 charged in illegal gambling scheme Written by
St. Hugh’s have come under fire after rats have been found to inhabit one accommodation building on-site. One student was moved into welfare accommodation during the night after discovering a dead rat on her floor.This follows complaints made to the College by students and “committed and repeated efforts” by JCR officials to raise the issue of rats, as well as the general need for maintenance, in the Wolfson building, home to second-year students. Second-year Maths student, Rhiannon Davies, whose is now temporarily staying in another block, told Cherwell: “Given I’d complained to college about hearing rats in my room several days ago, I’m appalled; this is unacceptable given the already poor state of the building and amount that I’m paying for it.“There’d been a funny smell in my room for a few days, in the end I looked behind a bedside table and found the rat so it had clearly been there a while.”The second-year building has also been sporadically without hot water since the start of term, with some rooms in need of maintenance. Another student was moved out of the building last night after a ceiling was at risk of collapsing following a leak, which was also reported at the start of term.Oxford SU Vice-President for Charites and Community, Rosanna Greenwood, told Cherwell: “Students are often seen as vulnerable tenants and left with poor quality housing which is totally unacceptable, especially considering the amount that students pay. “It should go without saying that a student’s accommodation is fit to live in and free from vermin. We are in conversation with the JCR at St Hugh’s on how we can offer support to them.”One St. Hugh’s student told Cherwell: “The JCR Committee and VP have have been so great in pressuring the college. Every time, they put in committed and repeated efforts to sort this, but I just hope College now springs into action and sorts this out. Wolfson is a fun place to live, but the obvious problems take away from this.”St. Hugh’s JCR President, Alex Yeandle, told Cherwell: “It is both concerning and unacceptable that members of college have had to go through the ordeal of having rats in their room. “The JCR has been in touch with the individual concerned and has ensured that they could access support. Both the Vice President and I have met with multiple senior figures in college today, expressed the concerns of the JCR and gained clarity from the college. We have been reassured that work is ongoing to solve the issue imminently and thoroughly.“As a committee we have maintained a strong, equal and respectful relationship with college and we don’t expect this to change. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep all students updated.”In a statement, St. Hugh’s College told Cherwell: “The College was made aware of this and has already taken action. “Over the summer College carried out an extensive programme of refurbishing and redecorating rooms. We are constantly working to improve the quality of the accommodation we offer our students, and to act quickly in response to complaints or maintenance problems.”Undergraduates at the college all pay the same £1390 per term for college accommodation, irrespective of where their room is located.
Source: Finsbury Food Group and ThorntonsFinsbury Food Group has announced a three-year extension to its existing long-term partnership with chocolatier Thorntons.The Thorntons full cake range with Finsbury includes celebration cakes, cupcake platters, food-to-go bars and Bites.The two businesses will continue to work together until 2023, with future developments including the launch of treat bars, as well as further updates to the Bites ranges, including seasonal, and cupcake platters.“Our relationship with Thorntons is a true testament to the partnership we have built and the team’s ability to monitor changing consumer trends and develop products that capture the imagination of the consumer,” said Jack Cook-Broussine, brand manager at Finsbury Food Group.“With 20 successful years under our belt, it’s brilliant to be able to extend our partnership by another three years, particularly after what has been a challenging year for the cake industry overall,” he added.Fiona Morgan, UK & Ireland head of foodservice at Thorntons parent company Ferrero, hailed the “strong partnership” with Finsbury.“There’s no denying it has been a challenging year for all, but we hope to bring some joy to consumers with our cakes this Christmas,” she said.“Thorntons is also a strong player in the cake bites market, and we are excited to refresh our delicious Bites ranges in the near future.”
“Mistletoe berries (which are fleshy and soft) are deadly but can simply be removed before bringing the greenery indoors,” he said. “Holly, yew and juniper berries can make you very ill if you eat a great many. However, the taste is so unappealing that this rarely happens. One berry or two won’t harm people or pets.”But nobody would want to risk having a sick child or pet during the holidays. So Thomas recommends placing any greenery with berries out of children’s reach.”If you have a wreath on a door or greenery on the mantel, you should be fine,” he said.Keep an eye out for berries that happen to fall onto the floor. They can be irresistible to small children. Dogs and cats usually leave the berries alone.When it comes to Christmas trees, Todd Hurt says nature may have made your cut tree or live tree decision for you this year.”Cut Christmas trees would be my recommendation this year,” said Hurt, a program coordinator at the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. “Even though we’re getting a few sporadic rains now, it may not be enough to get live trees established in the landscape by next summer.”Remember, too, that dried greenery can be a fire hazard.”All plant material, once it dries out, is flammable,” Thomas said. “Christmas tree boughs are the most flammable. Common sense dictates that we don’t place candles in arrangements of dried woodland materials.”Keep pine branches wet and use them just before your holiday events for the same reason you cut Christmas trees fresh and keep watering them. There are products available that you can spray on the leaves and stems to make them less flammable.”It takes about 10 days for untreated woodland materials to dry out,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, by then, the holiday season’s over and you can make them into compost.” By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re gathering your own vines or berries for holiday wreaths, do it carefully.Grape and kudzu vines make great wreath framing, said University of Georgia expert Paul Thomas. “But when people are pulling down vines from a tree,” he said, “they often make the mistake of grabbing poison ivy vines and mixing them in the wreath.”Most people looking for decorative vines look for the finger wide ones that become bendable when soaked in warm water. “Middle sections of poison ivy vine fit that description,” said Thomas, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist.Grapevines have long, flaky bark and may have remnants of a single tendril every so often. Woody kudzu vines are smooth all the way to the base. The base of poison ivy vines look “hairy,” with “hundreds of tiny, root like things attaching to the tree or rock.”Left outside, where the oils are inert, poison ivy vines can be relatively harmless. “But when they get inside and get warm,” Thomas said, “the oil can volatilize or be released from the vines. That’s when everyone in the home gets poison ivy.”The best way to tell the difference, he said, is to get a good botanical book. Study how the vines look in your area. Make sure you can tell the difference. Many Web sites have images that can help you identify woody vines.Thomas says 99.9 percent of plants in holiday decorations aren’t deadly. But you still need to be cautious if you have kids or pets. A good rule is that if the berry is fleshy and soft, such as a grape, remove it. If it’s hard or very firm, keep it.